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Waves of Democracy

Waves of Democracy
Social Movements and Political Change

February 1996 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Instead of presenting democracy as an ideal political system that humans only imperfectly realize, John Markoff conceptualizes democracy as something continually being reinvented. Instead of reducing democracy to well-defined and routine practices and institutions such as elections and parliaments, Markoff shows how political movements have repeatedly challenged and remade existing institutions. After reviewing two centuries of political conflict, he concludes with a thoughtful and exciting discussion on what democracy means today and what its future might be.

A Quick History of Modern Democracy
States, Social Movement Challengers and Elite Reformers
Eighteenth-Century Revolution, Nineteenth-Century Eddies
Twentieth-Century Pendulum Swings
Semidemocracy, Pseudodemocracy, Democracy
Democracy's Future

This contains an interesting range of material in relation to democracy and social movements. I will recommend this as further reading.

Mr David Ness
Social Science, Moray College UHI
May 29, 2014

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